This is a very difficult review to write. "The Life of Pi" is a well written spiritual story. There are allegorical elements which I am not sure added to the story but overall Mr. Martel kept the book moving. The first third of the book is leads up to the castaway. I enjoyed the interplay between religion and zoology which of course came in handy once Pi was in the lifeboat the tiger. I resisted this book for some time because I couldn't (wouldn't?) wrap my head around a book about a boy crossing the Pacific ocean in a lifeboat with Bengal Tiger.If you have considered reading this novel I recommend you go for it.